Philippians 4:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:5, NIV: "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."

Philippians 4:5, ESV: "Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;"

Philippians 4:5, KJV: "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."

Philippians 4:5, NASB: "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near."

Philippians 4:5, NLT: "Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon."

Philippians 4:5, CSB: "Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near."

What does Philippians 4:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In addition to rejoicing, Paul encouraged his readers to be known for gentleness, patience, and moderation. This is the meaning of the Greek word, epieikes, translated "reasonableness" in the ESV. Christians are not to be seen as easily angered or foolish, but rather as reasonable, wise people who can handle difficulties and disagreements with maturity. This is important in the context of Paul's request to Euodia and Syntyche to put aside their very public argument.

Paul continues his encouragements with his hope that Jesus would return at any moment. This understanding of Christ's return has many direct applications for the life of the believer. Paul explains some of these applications in verses 6–9. All of these responses are positive, not negative, for the believer. Understanding that Christ can come at any moment is a source of encouragement for those who are saved (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18), not a discouragement or source of fear.